Leipzig: PhD position

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences: PhD position in Microstructural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PhD 22/22)

Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften | online seit: 23.08.2022

Referenznummer: PhD 22/22

PhD position in Microstructural Magnetic Resonance Imaging

A PhD position is available in the MRI Biophysics Group (Research Group leader Dr. Evgeniya Kirilina) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS) in Leipzig, Germany.

The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team studying microstructure of the human brain using advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), biophysical modelling and advanced histology. The group develops novel methods for brain microstructure imaging combining the ultra-high field, ultra-high resolution multimodal quantitative and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging in vivo and post mortem with biophysical modelling advanced histology and physical methods for tissue quantification. The PhD candidate will work in a unique world-class research environment and have access to the latest cutting-edge MRI hardware including 7T, 9.4T, the only 3T Connectom (300 mT/m gradient) in Continental Europe (all equipped with tailored RF coils). In cooperation with Paul Flechsig Institute for Brain Research the candidate will have access to the state-of-the-art 3D optical microscopy facilities and comprehensive set of histological methods including tissue clearing. The Department of Neurophysics has access to computational facilities by Max Planck Society, which can be used for biophysical modelling.

Applicants must have a Master certificate in physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, biology, medicine or a comparable subject. A background knowledge in magnetic resonance or MRI is essential. Basic knowledge in neuroscience, image processing, biophysical modelling and programming skills are desirable. The position is available now and the starting date is as soon as possible. It is funded for three years with the possibility of extension. Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Max Planck Society strives for gender equity and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

To apply, please submit a single PDF file containing a full CV (inc. publication list, evidence for software development such as a Github profile, open science activities), personal statement (describing your personal qualifications, research interests, and motivation for applying), contact information of at least one referee, and academic certificates (Diploma/Master, Bachelor). Application is via our online system at https://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies/open-positions (subject heading: “PhD 22/22”). Closing date for applications is 30th October 2022.

Contact for informal enquiries regarding the post: Dr. Evgeniya Kirilina (kirilina(at)cbs.mpg.de). For more information: https://www.cbs.mpg.de/departments/neurophysics/mri-biophysics.

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